Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary
Weekday Cross
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG1 2GB
England

Website

www.nottinghamcontemporary.org

E-mail

info@nottinghamcontemporary.org

Telephone

0115 948 9750

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Nottingham Contemporary
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Our building has been designed by the award winning architects Caruso St John. It has four galleries, superb education and study areas, a performance space, a café-bar and shop.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Galleries
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 7pm
Bank Holidays and Saturdays 10am - 6pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm
Closed on Mondays, except Bank Holidays during exhibitions.

Admission charges

FREE

Collection details

Archives, Architecture, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
 Glenn Ligon, Malcolm X #1 (small version #2), 2003. Courtesy the Rodney M. Miller Collection.

Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions

  • 3 April — 14 June 2015

Glenn Ligon is one of the most significant American artists of his generation. For this exhibition he has brought together the work of 45 major artists – many of them referred to in his art or writing – from the late 1940s to the present day, including work by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol and Bruce Nauman. Encounters and Collisions also includes key examples of Ligon’s own work. Like Ligon, their work often deals with the shifting experience of American identity, examining loaded questions around language, power, race, gender and sexuality. Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions is a collaboration between Nottingham Contemporary and Tate Liverpool.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/glenn-ligon

 Glenn Ligon, Malcolm X, Sun, Frederick Douglass...2001. Collection of the artist. Photograph by Farzad Owrang

Politics of the Art School: Black Arts Movement Then and Now

  • 30 April 2015 6:30-8:30pm

An investigation into the rise of the Black Art Movement at Nottingham Trent University in the 1980s with past and current students. Created for and by, people of different sexualities and genders, and by and for people of colour.

Admission

Free, booking required.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/politics-of-the-art-school-black-art-movement-then-and-now-tickets-16203755870

 Paul Storr, George IV silver two-handled soup tureens and covers, date unknown. © Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth.

The Grand Tour: Pablo Bronstein at Nottingham Contemporary and Chatsworth

  • 3 July — 20 September 2015

The Grand Tour reinterprets world class collections through contemporary art across four venues in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. It is a partnership between Chatsworth, Derby Museums, The Harley Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary together with Experience Nottinghamshire and Visit Peak District and Derbyshire.

The Grand Tour has been funded as part of the Arts Council England and VisitEngland’s joint Cultural Destinations programme. For more information visit thegrandtour.uk.com.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/grand-tour

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Families in our galleries

Family Weekends

  • 3 April — 4 June 2015

3 - 6 April
Metallic Portraits
11am – 3pm, Free
Studio
Create unusual 3D ‘portraits’ with assorted metallic objects.

11 and 12 April
A New You!
11am – 3pm, Free
Space
Create an alternative family album then don a disguise to create a new you!

18 and 19 April
Sweet Things Exchange
11am – 3pm, Free
Studio
Make a mountain of ‘sweets’ and share secret messages of positivity – fortune cookie style!

25 and 26 April
Black!
11am – 3pm, Free
Studio
Come and make 2D artworks with all kinds of things – as long as it’s black!

2 and 3 May
Body Printing
11am – 3pm, Free
Studio
Be inspired by the work of David Hammons and make your own body prints.

9 and 10 May
Cut-up Words
11am – 3pm, Free
Studio
Get playful with words and stencils to make your own wordy works of art

16 and 17 May
Cable Art
11am – 3pm, Free
Studio
Make art with cables!

23 and 24 May
Colour Block Portraits and Poems
11am – 3pm, Free
Space
Make colourful Warhol inspired portraits then play with words and make crazy colour-filled poems

30 and 31 May
Word Craft
11am – 3pm, Free
Studio
Make text filled artworks with textiles.

May Half Term
23 - 31 May
11am – 3pm, Free
Space and Studio
Make colourful Warhol inspired portraits, crazy colour-filled poems and beautiful textile text

Families in our galleries

Easter Holidays

  • 3 — 19 April 2015

3 - 6 April
Metallic Portraits
11am – 3pm, Free
Studio
Create unusual 3D ‘portraits’ with assorted metallic objects.

11 and 12 April
A New You!
11am – 3pm, Free
Space
Create an alternative family album then don a disguise to create a new you!

18 and 19 April
Sweet Things Exchange
11am – 3pm, Free
Studio
Make a mountain of ‘sweets’ and share secret messages of positivity – fortune cookie style!

Image courtesy Jenna Bliss

Acting Out Festival

  • 8 — 14 April 2015

Into This Recovery Center
Performance and film screening by Jenna Bliss, Wed 8 April, 7pm
New York based artist Jenna Bliss explores the history of activism around Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx, a support centre set up by community organisations including The Black Panther
Party. Commissioned with the South London Gallery.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/into-this-recovery-center-tickets-16204777927

Écran Somnambule
(Sleepwalking Screen)
Latifa Laâbissi, Fri 10 April, 6.30pm
A reinterpretation of a fragment of Witch Dance, performed by the pioneering expressionist choreographer Mary Wigman. Laâbissi has slowed down the movements to create a half hour
somnambulist ritual. Costume design and concept by Nadia Lauro.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ecran-somnambule-tickets-16204863182

Screening: The Institution
Dir. Ian Breakwell, 1978, Tue 14 April, 6.30pm
Experimental documentary made during Breakwell’s placements in Rampton and Broadmoor high security hospitals.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/screening-the-institution-tickets-16204969500

Admission

Free, booking required.

Website

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/acting-out

Walkthroughs

Walkthroughs

  • 22 April — 3 June 2015

Walkthrough, Wed 22 April, 6pm – 6.45pm
Alex Farquharson, Director of Nottingham Contemporary, leads our opening tour. Free. No need to book.

Walkthrough, Wed 13 May, 12noon – 12.45pm
Mark Rawlinson, Department of Art History, The University of Nottingham on Abstract Expressionism and the Civil Rights movement. Free. No need to book

Walkthrough, Wed 27 May, 12noon – 12.45pm
Simon Weaver, (Loughborough University) on Richard Pryor's politicized use of humour.

Walkthrough, Wed 3 June, 6pm – 6.45pm
Writer and curator Daniella Rose King on the social history of art and moments of resistance. Free. No need to book. Just join us.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, no need to book.

 10 Jun 2013 - "Conspiring right now in High Holborn...Free labour profiteers, watch your asses! “

Critical Citizenship, Activism and Art

  • 29 April 2015 6:30-8pm

To celebrate May Day, groups share their campaigns for better working conditions in the arts, in the UK and the US. In collaboration with Politicized Practice Research Group and Anarchist Research Group, Loughborough University.

Admission

Free, booking required

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/critical-citizenship-activism-and-art-tickets-16203258382

 Making Waves: Ram1 and Winston Williams (KWS). Image courtesy Syncopate Media

Making Waves (2015)

  • 1 May 2015 8pm-12am

Nearly 40 years after the 1976 Race Relations Act, this new documentary tells the life stories of young British black citizens growing up in Nottingham and Leicester. It asks whether the political organising of one generation has had a positive impact on the next.

Admission

Free, booking required

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-waves-tickets-16203325583

 PopeL,William, White People Are Angles On Fire, 2004. The Studio Museum in Harlem

The Study Sessions: Encounters and Collisions

  • 7 May — 11 June 2015

Thu May 7

Prof Celeste-Marie Bernier: African American Art and Influences

Thu May 14

Prof. Sharon Monteith: Civil Rights Photojournalism and Open Letters on Race and Rights

Thu May 28

Prof. Sharon Monteith: Text Paintings and Speech Acts: Literary Encounters

Thu June 11

Prof Richard King: Representation and Abstraction: Politics and the Body

Admission

Please note that places for these sessions are limited, if you would like reserve a place please email emma@nottinghamcontemporary.org

 Glenn Ligon Untitled, 2006. Tate Collection. Purchased with funds provided by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery 2008

The Anxiety of Influence, An evening with Glenn Ligon

  • 13 May 2015 6:30-8pm

Glenn Ligon on his own influences.

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-anxiety-of-influence-tickets-16203212244

 Adrian Piper, My Calling (Card) #1 (for Dinners and Cocktail Parties), 1986-1990. Performance

Critical Whiteness: US and UK perspectives

  • 20 May 2015 6:30-8:30pm

David Roediger, author of The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class (1991), discusses the subject of critical whiteness from its emergence as a field of study through to its significance within the contemporary struggles around race and class.

Admission

Free, booking required

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/critical-whiteness-us-and-uk-perspectives-tickets-16203284460

Families in our galleries

May Half Term Familiy Activities

  • 23 — 31 May 2015

Explore Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions through free Family Activities over May Half Term.
11am – 3pm, Free
Space and Studio
Make colourful Warhol inspired portraits, crazy colour-filled poems and beautiful textile text

 Isaac Julien, Looking for Langston. © BFI National Archive

Speak Out, Act Up

  • 26 — 27 May 2015 6:30-8:30pm

Tongues Untied Dir. Marlon Riggs (1989)
Film essay on black gay men as they confront racism, homophobia and marginalisation.

Looking for Langston Dir. Isaac Julien (1989)
Poetic consideration of the life of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes by award-winning British filmmaker Isaac Julien.

Wed 27 May
6.30pm – 8.30pm
United in Anger: A History of Act Up Dir. Jim Hubbard (2012)
The story of the AIDS activist movement as it battles corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect. Response from ACT UP UK.

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/speak-out-act-up-united-in-anger-tickets-16203559282

 Barby Asante, Baldwin’s Nigger RELOADED, Iniva (August 2014). Photographer Barney McCann

Barby Asante, Baldwin's Nigger Reloaded II

  • 2 June 2015 From 6:30pm

Using Horace Ove's 1968 film of James Baldwin's and Dick Gregory's visiting lecture as a starting point, Asante leads a dialogic performance reflecting on the contemporary relevance of the piece

Admission

Free, booking required.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/baldwins-nigger-reloaded-ii-tickets-16203804014

 Glenn Ligon, Study for Condition Report (Glenn Ligon and Michael Duffy), 1997. Collection of the artist. Photograph Ron Amstutz

I Am A Man, At the River I Stand

  • 9 June 2015 6:30-8:30pm

Spring 1968 marked the dramatic climax of the Civil Rights movement, and the assassination of Martin Luther King. Reconstruction of the national conflagration that followed a strike by Memphis sanitation workers.

Admission

Free, booking required.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/i-am-a-man-at-the-river-i-stand-tickets-16203661588

 © The ...And Beyond Institute for Future Research

At the Intersections

  • 10 June 2015 6:30-8pm

A think tank led by artist Sonya Dyer – presents an exploration of intersectionality, and the
Black, female body in time and space.

Admission

Free, booking required.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/at-the-intersections-tickets-16204518150

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Young People's Programme

http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/education2/future/

Starting in January 2009 Nottingham Contemporary will be running a course for young people aged between 13 and 23 to help them act as arts instigators. They will be trained to design, co-ordinate and deliver a programme of activity for other young people. It will also give them an opportunity to take part in the Arts Council’s arts award scheme.

How to obtain

For more information contact info@nottinghamcontemporary.org

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